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Sky News hit with Ofcom complaints after confusing Chris Kaba protests

Sky News has been swamped with Ofcom complaints after incorrectly referring to Chris Kaba protests as a crowd paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.

The broadcaster was met with fierce backlash on September 10 for mistaking the protest for mourners making their way to Buckingham Palace to pay their respects to the late monarch, who died on September 8, aged 96.

Kaba was shot and killed by a Metropolitan Police officer earlier this month, at just 24 years of age.

His ‘devastated’ family organised a number of demonstrations, starting at Parliament Square and heading to Scotland Yard, including one on September 10, with the likes of Stormzy showing up.

Clips of the protest were aired on Sky News, with anchor Sarah-Jane Mee saying: ‘The weight of this historic moment has been felt here at the gates of Buckingham Palace.

‘Thousands of people still arriving to pay their respects to the Queen’.


However, viewers were quick to call out her mistake, branding it ‘shameful’ and ‘disrespectful.’

Mee later apologised for her error in a tweet, writing: ‘I’d like to personally apologise to those involved. We are covering the march and it’s significance later today.’

In a statement issued to Metro.co.uk, a Sky spokesperson added: ‘We apologise for a mistake made earlier today which accidentally misidentified aerial pictures of a protest march for Chris Kaba as a large gathering paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II. We have also issued a correction on air to clarify the footage previously shown’

Television watchdog Ofcom has since confirmed that 598 people complained about the incident.

Kaba, who was soon to become a father, was killed while unarmed on September 5 following a police pursuit which ended in Streatham Hill, south London.

He became involved in a police chase when an automatic number plate reader flagged that the car he was in may have been linked to a firearms offence.

Armed police swooped on the vehicle after hemming it into a narrow street, but a search later revealed Kaba was not armed.

An inquest into his death will be opened on October 4.

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